Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Boombox Presents Underground Airwaves Vol 1 (Fatboss mixtape 1999)

Underground Airwaves Front Cover
Back in 1999 I had just finished my A Levels and was about to spend another year avoiding the rat race by pissing off on gap-year trip around the world. Back then portable MP3 players were just a twinkle in the Apple's eye and I was facing the prospect of 8 months without my decks and records. Cue a timely update through the mail from MK Enterprises. Back then if you were on DJ MK's mailing list the latest list of mixtapes he had available used to come through the post (yes... post as in snail mail) printed on a wad of A4. The solution to my problem was send off for a load of the latest mixtapes and pack one less pair of shorts to make space in the backpack for the resulting half Llb of plastic that came through the letter box a week later.

MK Enterprises Mixtape Catalogue
One of the purchases was this gem of a tape put together by "Da Boombox" on Oxford radio station Oxygen FM (later Passion FM now Oxford's FM 107.9). The Boombox crew consisted of Kid Fury, DL the Controler, Mr Ben, Ant Style and Bennie G of the Mixologists, The show's guests included the like of Roots Manuva, Braintax, Lewis Parker, Rodney P, Aspects, Scratch Perverts, MK and Jehst as well as a number of prominent US Artists such as Co Flow, All Natural, Lootpack and the X-Ecutioners. The Boombox crew disbanded in 2001, leaving Kid Fury to carry on the show solo.

Featuring Braintax, Lewis Parker, Rodney P
Task Force, Skinnyman, Scratch Perverts, DJ MK
This particular tape compiles together some of the best live mixes and freestyles from the show between February 1997 and May 1999. The guest list is impressive, putting together a veritable who's who of the UK scene at a really exciting time just before the likes of Low Life and Big Dada blew up and started shifting  significant quantities of product. DJ sets from MK and Tony Vegas alongside freestyles from Rodney P, Braintax, Lewis Parker, Task Force and Skinnyman amongst others are all entertaining and paint a decent audio picture of the musical moves being made at the time.

The tracklisting
An added bonus is the significant contribution of the US emcees and DJs make to the tape. Freestyles from the the likes of El-P, Big Jus and All Natural alongside awesome DJ sets from Mista Sinista and Rob Swift of the X-Men ensure the sandards are kept very high from the first to the last minute.

The tape doesn't have a catalogue number or anything like that but seems to be sponsored by Mat C's Fatboss Magazine - yet another early example of the man now known as Jaguar Skills heavy involvement in UK hip hop throughout the 90s. Anyway, enjoy the listen and get in touch if you want a download link as I have decided to only give it out to those who are following the blog! Well, a man has got to do something to get some readers hasn't he?!! 

Peace, Postie.

The Full Cover Artwork by Roughe

Boombox Presents Underground Airwaves Vol 1.

Contact me below for the download link -
available to all followers of this blog.


  1. yo how do i get the link would love to hear these, if you could drop the link to my email on trickyroller@hotmail.com that would be live! Big up on the blog! safe

  2. Alright mate. Lovin the blog! Just come across it now! Takes me back with some of the tapes! Any chance of hooking me up with the links? Daveds75@hotmail.com.